While in collage, I attended a one-day Visual Journaling workshop presented by professor and very talented artist, Terry Garrett. I found myself completely enveloped in the art form. I was addicted.
In retrospect, this concept seems so simple and obvious. I suppose in one way or another, I have been keeping track of thoughts and ideas in imagery for years. But now, visual journaling had a name, and I had a new artistic passion.
After college graduation, my obsession died down temporarily, only to be reignited a few years later. In 2009, I created a series of 25 sets of 16.5in x 12in pages mounted on wood with routered edges matching the perforations in each page. That year, I also created a number of other smaller series of visual journal pages, mounted in a similar manner onto solid woodblocks.
In October 2010, after viewing my work, a friend recommended a number of art and crafting magazines focusing on mixed media. These included Cloth, Paper, Scissors, Somerset Art Journaling and Somerset Studio. She lent me a copy and I found myself completely captivating. Turning through the pages, I once again found myself once utterly inspired. My passion for visual journaling had once again been renewed. I began to create set after set of 6in x 6in pages.
My creative addiction is now back in full force. I find visual journaling to be delightfully therapeutic, an opportunity to play creatively and try new techniques and mediums.